Kathy and Oprah share a moment.
On today’s makeover-themed episode of Oprah, the very gorgeous vegan spiritual counselor Kathy Freston discussed the eight “Pillars of Wellness” in the mind, body, and spirit. Freston, author of several best-selling books and the recent title Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness, promoted veganism, saying, “The mother of all pillars is conscious eating.” She explained:
It doesn’t only make a difference to our own personal health and well-being, but conscious eating means you stay aware of where your food comes from, how the animals are treated and how the environment is affected by the foods that you eat.
If I want to be someone with spiritual integrity, I have to think about the principles that I want to adhere to— compassion, kindness, mercy and the alleviating of suffering when I see it. I thought, ‘If I want to further myself on my spiritual path, as well as my health path, I need to have more integrity. I need to be conscious about it.’
Last year, SuperVegan blogger Susie Cagle, along with many readers, gave Kathy Freston some flack for publicly conceding to eat a “modicum of butter” that was possibly hidden in a bun when dining out with a group of non-veg friends. Perhaps getting the most influential woman in American media to try veganism will give her more street cred.
Personally, I’m impressed with Freston’s success in promoting a compassionate vegan diet to such a huge and receptive mainstream audience. Furthermore, I am thrilled that Oprah is giving veganism a whirl and is sharing her 21-day cleanse experience with her blog readers. I’m even inspired to try the cleanse myself. I’ve got some bad habits to shake (procrastination and lack of direction being the most frustrating), perhaps a holistic approach might help. Have any of you ever done a cleanse?